My Experience in Costa Rica

This past week, I was able to take a trip to Costa Rica with one of my close friends. While I was there, I learned a lot of new things and saw very beautiful places. One thing that I learned is that they are the first country to ban single-use plastics. At every restaurant, they would always serve your drink with a paper straw on the side. Whenever I would ask for a to-go box, it would always be a paper container. A quote from Rubicon states,

“But according to Ocean Conservancy’s 2017 Coastal Cleanup Report, straws and stirrers make up just 3 percent of the total trash found on beaches. And Bloomberg News estimates that on a global scale, straws would probably only account for 0.03 percent of total plastic waste by mass.”

https://www.rubicon.com/blog/paper-straws-better-environment/

I hope to see more restaurants in California transition to paper-made utensils and packaging in the future.

While on the beaches, I found very few pieces of trash and was well maintained. At exit areas, you could find multiple recycle bins for specific items.

Published by Colin Cuff

Hi I'm Colin Cuff. I'm a Junior at La Canada High School. I'm focused on cleaning up our oceans and making the Earth a more livable place for future generations.

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